He was kinetic and yet totally in control.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Copeland, Jones
Seemingly not so common when used as an adjective with he/she and the verb to be (ngram). Kinetic is most definitely of Greek origin. Yet it feels (to me) it's more often used with inanimate objects, with science (kinetic energy etc.). Upon reading the quote it reminded me of someone being ecstatic, something going ballistic, or a magnetic/kinetic type of personality and such, because it rhymes I guess and I'm not clear as to what this means beyond the idea of motion. But someone per se being kinetic, is that emotion or motion? Is that moving or dancing?
- Is that a typical, idiomatic and expressive use of kinetic in context?
- What is the meaning of kinetic here, what does the expression mean, and what are the connotations the composition carries?
- Is that a classical ballet term? Is there an ellipsis of some noun i.e. what is really kinetic here? I'm not clear on the context (the impression from the person walking up the stage or the performance or a state of being of the performer per se)
- Had one said he was ballistic but on target, or bouncing off the walls yet always in control, or just that he had amazing movement coordination, how would that be different?